Pupil Premium and Free School Meals


What is Pupil Premium?

Pupil Premium is additional funding allocated to schools in order to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap with their peers. Disadvantaged pupils are considered to be:

  • Children who have been known to be eligible for Free School Meals at any time in the last 6 years.
  • Looked After Children including children that have been adopted from care or who have left care.
  • Children whose parents are actively serving in the Armed Forces. 


Pupil Premium Funding and Expenditure Documentation

Free School Meals

Please register for Free School Meals Eligible by Benefit (EBB) if you are in receipt of qualifying benefits as registration will attract additional funding for your child’s school for Pupil Premium (£955 per Secondary pupil for the financial year 2021/22). The B&NES Free School Meals Eligibility Checking service now has a new Free School Meals web page on the B&NES website with a link to an online benefit related free school meal application form which can be found using the following link:

Free School Meal Online Application Form

Free School Meal Paper Application Form

Please visit https://www.gov.uk/guidance/pupil-premium-information-for-schools-and-alternative-provision-settings for more information about Pupil Premium Funding for schools.

If your child is in year 6 in a B&NES primary school and they are currently receiving benefit related free school meals, there is no need to reapply as eligibility to a free school meal will automatically transfer to their new B&NES secondary school. The only time they should reapply is if the child previously attended a school from another county – they would then need to apply through the B&NES Free School Meals website as mentioned above.

You can register your entitlement for Free School Meals if you have children who attend Ralph Allen School and receive the following benefits:            

  • Universal Credit (provided you have an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400, as assessed by earnings from up to three of your most recent assessment periods)
  • Income Support   
  • Income-Based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income Related Employment Support Allowance
  • Child Tax Credit (WITHOUT Working Tax Credit) and have and annual household income (as assessed by HMRC) below £16,190
  • Run-on Working Tax Credit which is only paid for 4 weeks after you STOP qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • The Guaranteed Element of State Pension Credit
  • Support under PartV1 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999


To register for Free School Meals

What happens next?

The Local Authority will check your eligibility to qualifying benefits on your behalf using the DFE Online Free School Meal Checking Service. Your National Insurance or National Asylum Seeker Support Number and Date of Birth will be required to do this.   They then will inform you and the school of your child(s) entitlement to free school meals, or alternatively whether your registration has been rejected and if so, on what grounds.

What happens if my circumstances change?

Please inform the Free School Meal team:

  • If an additional child is starting school.
  • If you move house (please also tell the school).

How do Free School Meals operate at Ralph Allen School:

At Ralph Allen we operate a cashless catering system meaning that it is easy for students to purchase a meal without anyone else knowing. Pupils whose parents have registered for free meals have the value of a meal credited automatically on to their biometric account. They use a card or finger scan to purchase their meal in either of the lunchtime catering areas. 

Free School Meal Holiday Vouchers:

As you may be aware Bath and North East Somerset Council provided funding to support benefit related free school meals during school holidays throughout the lockdown period by issuing vouchers to parents. The Local Authority is looking to provide similar support during the holiday weeks through the winter period 2021-22.

Vouchers will be provided amounting to £20 per week per child for all students who are eligible for Free School Meals. If you have not received these vouchers and need to claim them please do so by visiting the council’s web portal. 

Link to the council's web portal to apply for free school meal vouchers  

Benefits Team: 01225477777

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